Africa Now November 23, 2016
Topics: The African World and the Next U.S. Administration; and Imagining Africa at The Center
Topics and Guests: Imagining Africa at the Center: Bridging Scholarship, Policy, and Representation in African Studies is the theme of the 59th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association. The conference is the largest gathering of Africanist scholars in the world and it takes place in Washington, DC. The African Studies Association’s theme statement notes in brief that “Pervasive popular perceptions of Africa in news, advertising, humanitarianism, development discourse, and political rhetoric frequently collapse the continent’s diversity, history, and complexity….From its inception in Chicago more than half a century ago, the African Studies Association has relentlessly confronted, engaged, and resisted tropes of Africa and Africans…” Joining Africa Now! to briefly highlight the work of African Studies Association and the 59th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association is Ms. Eve Ferguson, Co-Chair, Local Arrangements Committee of the African Studies Association 2016 Annual Meeting.
Africa Now!'s other topic is The African World and the Next U.S. Administration. To dissect this issue are Mr. Nii Akuetteh and Dr. Clarence Lusane. Mr. Nii Akuetteh is an independent Africa policy analyst based in Washington, DC and is the former the Executive Director of African Immigrants Caucus. He was formerly the Executive Director of Africa Action and former director of OSI West Africa in Nigeria. Prior to that he was a Georgetown University Adjunct Professor of African Affair and former Research Director at TransAfrica Forum. Mr. Akuetteh appears regularly on various media outlets such as Al Jazeera, BBC, CCTV, NPR, The Real News Network and more. Dr. Clarence Lusane is Professor in and chairs the Department of Political Science at Howard University. He teaches courses in Black politics, comparative race relations, modern social movements, comparative politics of the Americas and Europe and jazz and international relations. He is an author, activist, and scholar, and a well-respected expert in the areas of human rights, global race relations, U.S. elections and politics, and international relations. He has lectured on these topics in over 60 countries including China, Colombia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Japan, the Netherlands, Panama, S. Korea, Switzerland, and Zimbabwe among others. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and eight books on human rights, U.S. and black politics, globalization, and European history. His latest book is The Black History of the White House.
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